Its impact is expected to be limited as Republicans in US states push a wave of laws restricting abortion, access to medicines and funding for such services.
Last night in Kansas they found out.
The vote was a resounding victory for the abortion rights movement in the first statewide electoral test since the Supreme Court ruling.
President Joe Biden, left, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dennis McDonough attend the first meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Access to Reproductive Health Care virtually in Washington on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. source: AAP / AP
“I don’t think the court has any idea about this or the Republican Party for that matter … how women will respond,” Biden said. “They have no idea the power of American women.”
“This fight is not over, and we saw that last night in Kansas,” Biden said.
Biden said the Supreme Court “has practically dared women in this country to go to the polls and take back the right to choose,” which it had just stripped.
Effect of Roe vs. Wade
Last month, Biden said the Supreme Court, made up of 6 to 3 conservative justices, was “out of control” after ruling in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending half a century of protections for women’s reproductive rights.
He’s calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to consider inviting states to apply for Medicaid waivers when treating patients who cross state lines for reproductive health services, the official said, without giving further details.
What does the system entail?
The Hyde Amendment, a measure in Congress, states that Medicaid will not pay for an abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy results from rape or incest, making the order’s effectiveness uncertain.
Senate Democrats have rejected Biden’s call to lift the chamber’s “disablement” law that requires 60 of the 100 senators to approve most legislation to allow them to pass a law establishing a national right to abortion.
Abortion vote in Kansas shakes US midterm expectations
A surprise vote in Republican-majority Kansas to drop pressure to ban abortion has sent shockwaves through the US political scene ahead of November’s midterm elections, with Biden’s Democrats now seeing a glimmer of hope that they may avoid their predicted defeat.
The state is a Republican stronghold, but in a referendum on Tuesday an attempt to remove abortion rights from the Kansas constitution was rejected by 59 to 41 percent, with an unusually high turnout.
Since this was the first time Americans have had a chance to vote on this issue since the conservative-dominated Supreme Court ruled to overturn the half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision enshrining abortion rights, Democrats celebrate the result — and say the big backlash is just beginning.
The organization’s president, Alexis McGill Johnson, also called on voters to maintain momentum in the midterm elections.
“We have a chance to protect abortion access at the polls in November. We know that Kansas will not be our last battle or our last victory.”
November’s midterm elections, which will decide the party that has controlled Congress for the past two years from Biden’s first term, looks tough for Democrats who now control the legislature with just a few votes.
Donald Trump is pressing far-right candidates to bolster his brand and possibly pave the way for his bid to return to the White House in 2024.